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Epsom Downs and Walton on the Hill

MODERATE 15 reviews

Epsom Downs and Walton on the Hill is a 8.5 kilometer loop trail located near Epsom, Surrey, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running.

Distance: 8.5 km Elevation Gain: 271 m Route Type: Loop

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A circular walk through Epsom and Walton Downs, the chalk downlands which form part of the North Downs in Surrey. The route starts from Epsom Downs Racecourse, home to The Derby, and heads south through Walton Downs to reach the pretty village of Walton on the Hill. Here, about half way round, there are a couple of pubs and a cafe, the perfect place for lunch and/or a pint. The walk returns back through woodland bridleways and open downland paths. There are great views throughout and on a clear day much of London and Surrey is visible. The walk has a few steady climbs and descents throughout and, whilst most of the paths are well made, some of the chalk bridleways can become muddy/slippery after wet weather. There are no stiles and just one single gate. The racecourse is open throughout the year but there are restrictions on race days so it is best to avoid these times. Dogs are welcome as long as they are under control and on leads while horses are being trained (follow the guidance on the signs within the course). Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours.

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1 month ago

A very pleasant walk, albeit initially in the rain. I walked with my dog who had a thoroughly enjoyable time with plenty of opportunities to run around. Nevertheless dog-walkers should be aware that there are many points where there are horses (eg the racecourse and fields adjacent to the path). In fact, there are requests to keep dogs on leads at certain times - see my photo. Some paths had encroaching nettles but they were easily avoided. I just did the walk in one ramble, hardly stopping, but there were several inviting places in Walton on the Hill for a break if you want - next time I'll take my wallet!

Wed Aug 01 2018

A great walk on a sunny day, with a good bun half way. What's not to like!

Sat May 30 2015

Enjoyed the walk apart from the 500m or so along Ebisham Lane coming into Walton on the Hill as we had a dog and the road was quite busy with no verge or pavement - very dicey. Also thought it deserves 3 boots for the difficulty level as there are numerous quite steep slopes. Enjoyable but not a favourite.

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